The process of SIM card replacement in Nigeria has just been made more easy. Prior to the the SIM record update with NIN, Nigerians would need a sworn affidavit and means of identification before they can retrieve or replace their SIM card.
But a new press release has been released by NCC and it makes things easier. This new SIM card replacement policy is to help quicken the process of linking your NIN to your SIM card record.
According to NCC, the Ministerial Task Force under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy set up a Technical Committee made up of representatives of:
- Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC);
- National Identity Management Commission (NIMC);
- The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); and
- Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).
The above committee is responsible for ensuring a quick linkage of all SIM Registration Records with NIN.
As recommended by the Technical Committee, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has approved a SIM Replacement Policy for subscribers whose SIMs have been lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged subject to the following conditions:
What You Need for SIM Card Replacement in Nigeria
- That the subscriber (you) present a valid NIN;
- That an effective verification of the NIN is carried out by NIMC; and
- That the relevant Guidelines and Regulations of NCC concerning SIM Replacement are fully adhered to (by mobile operators).
This new policy is part of the effort by the Federal Government to reduce the load on subscribers and simplify the SIM card record update exercise. It will also enable telecommunications service users (you) who need to replace their damaged, stolen or misplaced SIM cards to reconnect access to telecom services.
It’s obvious the Federal Government is working in order to make the SIM card record update with NIN a success.